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1. Are You Being Served? - The Complete Series 1-10 & Christmas Specials DVD 1972 DVD boxset
The definitive British sitcom is almost certainly Are You Being Served?, which depicts the squabbles, misadventures, and flirtations of the staff of Grace Brothers department store. The show was originally conceived as a vehicle for an irreverent junior salesman named Mr. Lucas (Trevor Bannister), but it soon became clear that mocking a social hierarchy isn't half as funny as taking it all too seriously. The show really revolves around Mrs. Slocombe (Mollie Sugden), whose wildly changing hair colour and mercurial moods terrorize the rest of the staff, and cheerful but sly Mr. Humphries (the effervescent John Inman), one of the first gay characters on television treated with dignity--or at least no more indignity than anyone else (the show makes some noise about not being sure if Mr. Humphries is gay or not, but no one in the audience will have any question). But the rest of the cast is superb as well: Frank Thornton as the elegant but leering floorwalker Capt. Peacock, Wendy Richard as the sexy, impish Miss Brahms, Arthur Brough as cantankerous Mr. Grainger (who, sadly, died after the fifth series; other characters took his position on the sales staff, but never quite matched up), and Nicholas Smith as the self-serving but incompetent manager Mr. Rumbold form a comic ensemble that has rarely been equalled.

Cast: Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Wendy Richards, Arthur English
Director: Jeremy Lloyd, David Croft
Language: english
Publisher: 2entertain, Year: 1972-

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2. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: Complete BBC DVD Boxset
All 19 episodes from Seasons 1 to 3 of the BBC sitcom that follows the ongoing chaotic adventures of over-the-top tart Lynda La Hughes (Kathy Burke) and perenially lonely gay guy Tom Farrell (James Dreyfus) - who happen to share both a London flat and a yearning lust for whatever luckless man happens to cross their paths. Series one episodes are: 'Who's That Boy?', 'The Big Break', 'Legs and Co', 'Do They Take Sugar?', 'Saturday Night Diva', 'I Do, I Do, I Do!'. Series two episodes are: 'Millennium Special', 'Teacher's Pet', 'Stiff', 'Prison Visitor', 'Dirty Thirty', 'Glad to be Gay?' and 'Sofa Man'. Series three episodes are: 'Down and Out', 'Lollipop Man', 'Secrets and Flies', 'Trauma', 'Singing in the Drain' and 'Decoy'.

Cast: Kathy Burke, James Dreyfus, Beth Goddard, Rosalind Knight, Brian Bovell
Director: uncredited
Language: english
Publisher: Universal Pictures, Year: 1999

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3. Little Britain : Complete BBC Collection DVD Boxset
The complete first three seasons of the British comedy sketch-show created by Matt Lucas and David Walliams, featuring favourite characters such as Daffyd, the only gay in the village, Jason, the teenager with an unhealthy attraction to his best friend's granny, Marjorie Dawes, the terrifying Fat-fighter group leader and Emily Howard, the rubbish transvestite who likes doing 'ladies things'. Also includes 'Little Britain Live', in which Messrs Lucas and Walliams take their phenomenally successful show to the live arena, bringing all the Little Britain characters up close and personal to the general public. Expect lewd remarks, double entendres and guffawing in the aisles...

Cast: David Walliams, Matt Lucas
Director:
Language: english
Publisher: 2entertain, Year: 2003

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4. Summer Heights High [DVD]
Summer Heights High, written by and starring Chris Lilley (We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year), is the award winning Australian mockumentary series starring three of the funniest protagonists--all played by Lilley to hit our screens in years.

The effeminate, yet megalomaniacal, Greg Gregson--aka 'Mr G'--is the self-appointed "Director of Performing Arts", passionate about his "innovative" teaching methods and determined to write his own "Arena Spectacular". Summer Heights High is the third school in eighteen months for Jonah Takalulah, a teenager with Attention Deficit Disorder and problems with aggression. His best hope is to avoid being expelled, but he says he’s "not dumb" he’s just "choosing not to be smart at the minute." Private school exchange student Ja'mie King is struggling to cope away from her privileged background at "like, the boganist school ever."

Cast: Chris Lilley
Director: Chris Lilley
Language: english
Publisher: 2entertain, Year: 2008

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